Florida DUI Lawyer

DUI stands for Driving Under the Influence of alcohol and is also known by the abbreviation DWI, standing for Driving While Intoxicated. Call it what you may, these are serious offenses that are not taken lightly by either the legal system or those paid to enforce the law. The State of Florida has enacted laws that apply to the wide variety of DUI offenses and which cover the many circumstances that are involved in a DUI arrest. These circumstances, as well as the number of the accused's offence, can and do affect the penalties and punishments that apply under Florida law.

Penalty Phase

Florida DUI law operates under the so-called “ten day rule”. What this means is that those who have been arrested for a DUI offense and either refused to take a breathalyzer test or your result was at or above the legal limit of 0.08 percent, you have ten days in which you may request a hearing with the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FDHSMV). If you fail to request a hearing in time, you will incur a 6 to 18 month license suspension. It's also important to know that having a blood alcohol or breath alcohol level of 0.08 percent or over is not the only method of determining whether a driver is legally intoxicated. Law enforcement officials can also ask a driver suspected of driving intoxicated to perform a series of tests, and may judge the driver to be impaired if they demonstrate clear failure to perform these tasks as requested. Punishment for first-time offenders includes monetary fines, jail time or community service, suspension or restriction of the offender's driver's license, and mandatory attendance at a state “DUI School”. The punishment may be enhanced in scope or duration depending upon the circumstances of the offence, and may include impoundment of the offender's vehicle and/or the installation of an ignition interlock device into their vehicle upon conviction.

Legal Advice

The penalties and punishments dealt to convicted offenders of Florida's DUI laws are not etched in stone, and there are various options and alternatives available for those who find themselves in this situation. The advice and assistance of a Florida DUI lawyer is invaluable as they are well versed in the laws of the state, many of which can change as a result of ongoing legal precedents and legislative amendments. For example, jail time is not an absolute requirement in uncomplicated first-time offenses. Your lawyer can propose alternative measures including rehabilitation, establishment of a sober living environment, electronic monitoring and other restrictions on freedom. Work release programs and community service such as roadside labor and graffiti removal allow the convicted offender to repay his or her debt to society in a useful manner. It's not difficult to find a reputable Florida DUI lawyer who will take your case, and once enlisted they will review the entire case and circumstances in order to provide you with a knowledgeable and expert defense.

By Steve Levenstein           


Locate a Florida DUI Lawyer:

Kneski & Kneski
807 Biscayne Bldg, 19 W Flagler St
Miami, FL 33130-4400

A. Suarez & Associates, P.A.
517 West Colonial Drive, Suite A
Orlando, FL 32804-6803

Bailey Galyen & Gold
5201 Blue Lagoon Dr., Floor 1
Miami, FL 33126

Essen, Essen, Susaneck & Cohen, P.A.
20801 Biscayne Boulevard, Suite 300
Aventura, FL 33180-1422

Justin B. Weisberg, P.A.
901 South Federal Hwy., Suite 300
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316-1260

Calero & Giraitis, P.A.
5575 S. Semoran Blvd., Ste. 1
Orlando, FL 32822

Romaine N. Brown PA
5220 S University Drive, Suite 101
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33328

Weiner & Ratzan, P.A.
Two Datran Center, 9130 South Dadeland Boulevard
Miami, FL 33156-7858

Skubiak & Rivas
1516 E. Robinson Street, 1st Floor
Orlando, FL 32801

Law Offices of Robert E. Abreu, PLLC
2601 South Bayshore Drive, Suite 1400
Coconut Grove, FL 33133-5413

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